Bringing an Inkjet Printer back to life
We just upgraded to a rocking sweet new printer, but I just didn't feel right throwing the old Canon S300 away. It had become totally useless, unable to print black and yellow.
The printer was only a $50 printer and the local printer place said they'd repair it by soaking the print head for, you guessed it, $50. No way, says I. Instead I got a small plastic container and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and soaked the print head (minus ink) overnight.
Amazingly, the printer has been brought back from the dead and prints better now than in years. I took it to my office and replaced the old Canon BJ200ex at work with my shiny new-to-me-at-work S300 Color.
New printer at home, well-loved printer at work and now an orphaned B&W inkjet on my shelf...gotta find a home for that...
Isn't recycling of techie equipment great? I just can't stand to throw anything away if it can be put to some use.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
The inkjet went to the side of the road (for garbage pickup) but was gone with 30 minutes. Somebody has a new printer. :P
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Do you refill your cartridges? I do - I bought some ink at a computer show on a whim once, and it lasted for years. I think refilling the cartridges causes the print head to wear out / permanently clog faster, but who cares? $50 for a printer is much cheaper than the hundreds you'd spend on those little ink cartridges.
The one problem - don't spill the ink. That's some powerful stuff.